"Marc Hug originally began the Intergalactic
Faerie Funk in response to electronic dance music culture
taking itself too seriously. Why else would he have chosen
such a ridiculous name?" -NOW!
I.F.F. was born at and inspired by the random monthly
art, music, and malt liquor parties Marc Hug had helped
create at the legendary Killtime warehouse in Philadelphia.
Wanting to move on from DJing and playing other peoples
music, the ever evolving project began as a one man solo
act using two crappy Roland Grooveboxes and two Emu samplers
to play strange off kilter textured house music. Quite
by accident, on the very first night he performed, he
found himself improvising with a bass player and that
set him off on a quest to find the appropriate hooligans
to help him create a rock band of sorts. A rock band armed
with samplers, sequencers, drum machines, bass guitar,
and a punk rock d.i.y. ethic ready to shake up electronic
dance music culture.
Over the next few years I.F.F. released 2 full length
albums, a slew of EPs, and even a couple live recordiings.
They soon found themselves travelling far and wide on
gruelling two to three month long tours improvising lush
spooky textures and tones over naughty beats and thick
yummy basslines. Their rowdy high energy shows brought
them to headlining slots at festivals in Toronto, Edmonton,
Nova Scotia, Maryland, San Franciso, and Vancouver. They
drove through Canadian snowstorms, crossed the Rocky Mountains,
went from coast to caost, and drove the backroads of the
Louisiana bayous to perform in thousands of clubs, warehouses,
galleries, and lofts everywhere in between.
The relocation to Brooklyn from Philadelphia (via California)
morphed the Intergalactic Faerie Funk into a new realized
version of the original solo act started by Marc Hug.
This time around he had traded his beat up broken samplers
& sequencers for a laptop and controller. Much of
his music was released in a slew of DJ friendly 12"
and digital singles (on Robbaudio, XDN, Intrinsic Design,
Galactique) as well as a new album that was mixed together
by house music pioneer Jesse Saunders. There have also
been remixes from heavy hitters like Jeff Samuel, Someone
Else, Hesohi; and the I.F.F. was picked for a featured
remix competition by Sony Acidplanet.
The I.F.F. played it's last ever live set on october 20th
2007. The Intergalactic Faerie Funk is dead. Long live
The Intergalactic Faerie Funk.
More information than you will ever need...
I.F.F. was definitely a bit of a collective. Many many
people played in and with I.F.F. over the years. Some
people have asked what the 'real' line up might have been.
The reply would have to be this: All of the music was
written and produced by Marc Hug with some contributions
by Andy Kehoe, Jeffro Richards, and Mike Butler. In a
live setting there was really only ever two 'real' line
 Marc Hug, Andy Kehoe, and Jeffro Richards.
 Marc hug, Andy Kehoe, Mike Butler, and Ben Kehoe
The rather nebulous line-up of people who have played
in / with Intergalactic Faerie Funk:
Marc Hug (aka Marc Francis)
Marc is the original and old skool I.F.F. member. The
heart of the Intergalactic Faerie Funk. The main m.f.
behind all live shows and all recordings. Equally loved
and despised by those who know him - he can be found running
around playing music under the name Taperecorder now.
Andy played live with I.F.F. during the easy shows and
refused to do any of the harder 'all guts - no glory'
gigs. When he asked them to wait around for him until
he was done school, they gladly did. Then he fucked off
and did his own thing anyway. Bastard. He was around for
the recording of "The Hapy Ending Massage" and
also did most of the artwork. Andy is busy wearing well-fitted
tshirts and being a Brooklyn hipster art wanker now. (Oh,
and in case anyone has been wondering, he finally did
"the baby-maker.") you can find his art here.
Jeffro is another old skooler. He played live with the
I.F.F. a lot in the past is all over the early recordings.
In addition to being the oringinal bass player, he is
also complete space cadet. He can rock a full bottle of
Livingston and will surely steal your drink if you aren't
M ike is one of the main bass players from the rotating
list of bass things. His playing can be heard on a bunch
of recorded songs and he played live on many of the long
ill conceived early tours (as well as the latter more
'professional' tours). Mike certianly helped keep things
nice and rowdy, and can drink more than should be allowed
by the laws of physics. Although one night it all caught
up with him, and ended up on the shag rug in the back
of their van. No one knows where the hell he is these
days. Seriously. If you read this and know where he is
tell him to get in touch!
Ben played with the I.F.F. for a short while right near
the end. He was only ever recorded on one song which nobody
even heard. he was always making everyone laugh. Everyone
thought he was such a nice boy, until they got to know
him. Then they realized he was pure fucking evil. He is
now unemployed in Pittsburgh.
Franco played bass at many of the early shows when Jeffro
was under house arrest for getting caught buying crack
in north Philly (true story). He was a very wholesome
Italian boy and a mean bass player. At one point I.F.F.
became aware that Franco had to narrow three things down
to two:  going to school,  playing with I.F.F.,
and  playing with a death metal band from Norristown.
I.F.F. lost out.
John played live many times in the past. He used a crazy
old contraption that oscillated and added a spooky layer
to the show. He was always a pleasure to be around. Little
known fact: John is an exceptional ping pong player. We
all wanna be like John when we grow up. Um, except maybe
for the Jehovah's Witness part.
Dominica came with I.F.F. on one of their very last tours.
She mostly just looked better than the rest of them on
stage and played some squelchy noises. She had the car
that they travelled in and fought with everyone for most
of the tour. She lost them a lot of fans on that trip...
Erin was actually in Flowchart. She was never really in
I.F.F. - but both bands shared a lot of bills and played
a lot of the same places together. So sometimes she would
play really glitchy obscure records overtop of I.F.F.
while they played. It sounded pretty damn cool. I am pretty
sure Marc had a big old crush on her.
Sean was also in Flowchart before becming the legendary
minimal technoist called Someone Else. Sean used to play
head to head with the I.F.F. as 'Flowchart vs I.F.F.'
or some kind of combination of live gear, records or both.
That shit was fun y'all!
Tim has been creating elecrtonic music for the last few
years, with catchy phrases like "Bones Man in the
house! Bones Man!" how could you not lay awake at
five in the morning with that running like mad through
your head, while you quietly contemplate sticking rusty
forks in your ears in a meager attempt to make it stop?
Tim is a talented and strapping young lad with an affection
for the asian ladies; he also plays every instrument imaginable.
He toured in 2004 with I.F.F. bringing his sound along
and being stuck in the backseat of a honda civic with
a fractured ankle for 3,000 long, hot, cramped miles.
Currently, Tim is working on a hit single entitled, "grab
that ass and play with it."
Samuel is tall. Super-duper tall. Samuel plays guitar.
Amazing, wonderful guitar. See Samuel play. play, Samuel,
play. He also rides his bike while drunk. He has a dog,
too. His Knoxville apartment is pretty messy. I.F.F. played
in Knoxville with his band and then found themselves hundreds
of miles away with this tall Tenesseean by their side
wearing a jumpsuit that was 3 sizes too small. Ridiculous
is a word that merely hints at how he looked. He was a
Cookie is another bass player on the long, long list of
bass players. 'Boy', you're thinking,' those bass players
sure sound like a fickle bunch!' Well, hold on to your
hats, because Cookie (whose real name is Brent, by the
way, but he insists on being called Cookie) also plays
trumpet. Atalented fellow, indeed. He played a slew of
canadian shows with the I.F.F. - good times...
Recorded one song, was unbelievably helpful with the early
recordings, mastered the second record and is an all around
great guy! Gimme a "T!" Gimme an "I!"
Gimme an "M!" TIM! TIM! Go TIM!
Miles played with I.F.F. a long time ago. So long ago
no one is really sure what he did. There's this vague
memory of a saxophone being played out of key. He was
also a fucking funny man. Here's a little story: When
I.F.F. were in Memphis (where Miles lived at the time),
he dissed them for some reason. So they ended up having
to sleep in a very cold van outside of the Young Avenue
Deli. At one point, Jeffro passed out and accidently locked
Marc out so he had to go and drink in the bar to stay
warm. When the bar closed one of the bartenders and Marc
shook the van from the outide over and over for close
to ten minutes before he woke up. It was a cold miserable
night. Thank you Miles!
"it's action and reaction. in every kind of art
form, those things take place. one thing triggers another
and that triggers another. ideas start flowing and feelings
start occurring. there’s so much happiness in
it. it’s a euphoric thing so you always want to
be doing it. in every art form there’s an urge
to share. it’s so beautiful to share." -david